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The annual Belmullet Festival this year runs from Thursday 15th of August to Saturday 24th of August . The event is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) and over the years, has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old with special events for children and families. 

 Come along and enjoy some of our top quality locally produced food, live music, arts and crafts stalls, our seafront funfair and a variety of free events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. With lots on display, why not take a walk amongst the street stalls to enjoy the traditional crafts and skills on display, dance and listen to traditional Irish music in Carter square or partake in the raft race or the many other water sport events taking place throughout the week. Check out the events below as there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

Events

St. Patrick’s Day
2019-03-17
Fair Day – Thursday
2019-08-15
Friday
2019-08-16
The Clubhouse, Carne
Saturday
2019-08-17
Sunday
2019-08-18
Monday
2019-08-19
Tuesday
2019-08-20
Heritage Day – Wednesday
2019-08-21
Áras Inis Gluaire
Thursday
2019-08-22
Friday
2019-08-23
Street Party – Saturday
2019-08-24
The Clubhouse, Carne
Áras Inis Gluaire
15:00 - 17:00
St. Patrick’s Day World Record Attempt

For this years St Patrick’s Day Parade, we are going to attempt the world record for the most people dressed as St Patrick. Please use the registration form below if you would like to participate.

@ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday 17th March 2019 Read more…

09:00
Lá an Logha/Fair Day – All day free event Belmullet

Belmullet is one of the few towns in Ireland where the monthly fair still takes place all year round on the 15th of the month. Fair Day in August or Lá an Logha (day of indulgence), is one of the biggest. Come and meet friends, look around the stalls and enjoy the food and live entertainment on the square.

For stalls and information contact Mayo County Council on 097 81004

12:00 - 17:00
Busking Competition Day 1 – Belmullet Streets

Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

    • 1st Prize €75
    • 2nd Prize €50
    • 3rd Prize €25

€5 entry fee per act.  @ 12 – 5 Register here… Read more…

22:00
Drive in Movie – The Clubhouse, Carne, Belmullet

Rock up and roll in to Belmullet’s pop up ‘Drive in’. Watch a movie from the comfort of your car while you listen on our car radio. €10 per car

10pm @ The Clubhouse

09:15
ParkRun – Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown

Free weekly timed run’s which are held all over the world. The Erris Parkrun takes you along a sweeping coastal route with views over the Atlantic. First timers and walkers welcome. To get your time, preregister at www.parkrun.ie to get your barcode.

9.15am @ Cross Loop, Cross

14:00
Water Sports – Tidal Pool, Shore Road

Get wet and have fun at the tidal pool with a host of free games and activities.

Free Event
2pm @ Tidal Pool, Shore Road, Saturday 17th August

18:00
Kayaking – The Quay

If you are feeling adventurous, experience the water in a unique way in the Kayak race. Experience the thrill of paddling your own boat while you master the ever changing waters of the sea.

Kayak and life jackets will be supplied.

€5 entry per person. Entrants must be 12 years and over. 
6pm @ Belmullet Quay

20:00
Raft Race – The Quay

Build your raft and come along to pitch your strength and skill against the other contenders.  Maximum 4 people per team. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age to enter. All entrants must wear life vests and helmets.

Free Event. Cash Prize €200

Race Starts @ 8pm, Saturday 17th August @ The Quay. Fill in the form below to register your team. Read more…

22:00
Drive in Movie – The Clubhouse, Carne, Belmullet

Rock up and roll in to Belmullet’s pop up ‘Drive in’. Watch a movie from the comfort of your car while you listen on our car radio. €10 per car

10pm @ The Clubhouse

12:00 - 14:00
Family Day – Áras Inis Gluaire

Games and bouncy castles for kids of all ages to enjoy. This event is run by Erris Fitness group.

€5 Entry @ Áras Inis Gluaire  12pm-2pm

15:00
Colour Fun Run – Cross Loop, Binghamstown

Join the fun for all the family with this special colour run on the parkrun course. Suitable for all ages, pushchairs and dogs on leads.

3pm Park Run Course, Cross Loop,  Binghamstown. 

16:00
Paint a Lighthouse – Lúnasa

With four lighthouses on our doorstep, a marvelous memento of your week is your own hand painted ceramic model for you to take home on the day. Suitable for adults and children €10 each or family of 4 €25

Limited spaces booking essential.

4pm @ Lúnasa 097 20519

 

19:00
Mega Bingo – Broadhaven Bay Hotel

€5,000 in prize money, €1,000 Jackpot game, it is guaranteed to be a great night of Bingo!

Come along and support our biggest fundraiser of the year, for the festival week. First timers welcome and why not bring a friend.

7pm @ Broadhaven Bay Hotel 

12:00 - 17:00
Busking Competition Day 2 – Belmullet Streets

Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

    • 1st Prize €75
    • 2nd Prize €50
    • 3rd Prize €25

 €5 entry fee per act.  @ 12 – 5 Register here…

Read more…

20:00
Canal Swim – The Quay

So you think you can swim? With €100 up for grabs can you beat the rest, to be the best?

Free entry.
8pm, Registration @ the Quay Read more…

14:00
Beach Art Workshop – Lúnasa

Come along and create some art projects inspired by the beach

Time to be announced @ Lúnasa 20th August

16:00
Town Treasure Hunt – Áras Inis Gluaire

How well do you know the town? Think you can find your way round using only cryptic clues? Then why not join the town treasure hunt. Come alone or in a group. It’s a great way to see the town in a different light.
Free Event, Registration at Áras Inis Gluaire @ 4pm

 

18:00
Car Treasure Hunt – Áras Inis Gluaire

The competition hots up every year as the clues become more cryptic. Do you know Erris well enough to crack the clues? Cars start at Arás Inís Gluaire and follow clues round Erris.
Registration at Áras Inis Gluaire @ 6pm €10 per car

09:00
Heritage Day – All day event, Belmullet

With so much variety there is something for everyone on Heritage Day. Sit yourself on the hay bales while you watch the craftspeople show skills from Ireland of old or listen to the live music and watch Irish dancing. Maybe you fancy a bit of seafood or an Irish coffee to quench your thirst. Buy handmade goods, gifts and souvenirs and if you really want to get into the spirit – don’t forget your fancy dress and you could win a prize.

All day free event Read more…

11:00 - 18:00
Live Music & Dancing – Carter Square

Live Music on the Square.

11-6 @ The Square

15:00
Fancy Dress Competition – Carter Square

Best Dressed Girl 

Best Dressed Boy 

Dan Hegarty Perputal Cup for the Best Dressed Family (Prize )

Best Dressed Business – Shop Front & Staff

Funniest Costume

3pm @ The Square

Read more…

16:00
Busking Final – Carter Square

Come along and listen to the finalists of the busking competition and see who will be crowned Belmullet Busker 2019.

    • 1st Prize €75
    • 2nd Prize €50
    • 3rd Prize €25

€5 entry fee per act. Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

To take place 4pm on the stage on the Square. Register here 

Read more…

20:30
Seisiún Comhaltas – Áras Inis Gluaire

Unique, traditional entertainment Wednesdays during July and August. A staged show of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling followed by an informal session where all who wish can ‘take the floor’. €5 per person (Kids Free)

8.30pm @ Áras Inis Gluaire 097 81079

15:00
Bonny Baby Competition – Gateway Leisure (Vortex Room)

All the proud parents of Erris can bring your beautiful babies to Gateway Leisure to enter the Bonny Baby Competition. Categories are newborn-6 months, 7 to 12 months, 13-24 months & 25 months to 4 years. The overall winner gets a prize of a Child’s birthday with 10 friends.

Complimentary tea and coffee for mums and dads.

3pm @ Gateway Leisure (Vortex Room)

10:30
Mud Run – Wavesweper

Get Mucked!! An exhilarating energy sapping but adrenaline pumping challenge, that brings you through a series of mud pools, tyres, the wall, the ropes and more. Are you up for it?  Contact 087 2312989

€25 per person 10.30am @ Belmullet www.wavesweeperseaadventures.com

10:30
Musical Mayhem – Lúnasa

Join us as we explore the world around us through music and percussion. Great fun for under 5s and their parents. €5 per child.
10.30am @ Lúnasa 097 20519

09:15
ParkRun – Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown

Free weekly timed run’s which are held all over the world. The Erris Parkrun takes you along a sweeping coastal route with views over the Atlantic. First timers and walkers welcome. To get your time, preregister at www.parkrun.ie to get your barcode.

9.15am @ Cross Loop, Cross

22:00
Fireworks & Street Party – Main Street & Quay Street

The 2019 Festival welcomes a fabulous evening of music and entertainment on Main Street and Quay Street for all the family. A fireworks display will take place on the Quay. A spectacle not to be missed.

Quay @ Free Event 10pm

Read more…

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Testimonials

I come back to Belmullet every year for festival week. Its a great time to catch up with friends and family and there’s always so many events on that my week is always jam packed. I love all the live music and the traditional dancing in the street. I look forward to it every year and can’t wait till August rolls around.

elderly lady
Mary Doherty Bundoran, Co Donegal

We brought the kids away for a week last August to Belmullet and they absolutely loved every minute of it. There was so many family events and activities for the kids to see and do and the place is so beautiful with its never ending beaches. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already decided that were coming back again this year for the festival week.

young family
Caroline Mc Sharry Athlone, Co Westmeath

Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way around Ireland, we took a wrong turn and ended up in Belmullet and I’m so glad we did. There was a heritage festival on when we arrived exhibiting old Ireland with all the traditional crafts and stalls. The locals were so welcoming and it such a beautiful place, that we decided to stay an extra couple of days and take in the rest of the festival. Wonderful memories!

girl on rocks
Alice Dalton Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

About

A traditional fair day has been held in Belmullet on the 15th of August for as long as the locals can remember. Every year, stalls and markets can be found all over the town and the streets overflow with people from near and far.

The annual Belmullet Festival is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) and over the years, has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old, with special events for children and families. Lá an Logha is a great time to meet returning emigrants and new visitors and there’s always plenty to see and enjoy at the market stalls throughout the day.

Heritage Day is on the 21st of August and has become a very popular day. People walk amongst the street stalls to enjoy the traditional crafts and skills on display, or sample some of the many top quality food stalls offering locally produced artisan foods and drinks. Why not try some traditional local ‘boxty’ or pop in for a drink at the RNLI tent. With so many food and drink stalls to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s also a fancy dress competition with prizes for best dressed individuals and groups, so be sure to check out the latest updates on the theme for this year.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy with lots of events and activities taking place such as a busking competition, pig racing, water activities, fun fair, traditional Irish music, live bands, dancing and much much more. This year’s festival runs from 15th to the 24th of August and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Worthy Cause

The Belmullet festival is organised each year by a committee, who volunteer their time to pull it all together. If you are lucky enough to attend this year you will see the army of volunteers that make the festival possible. You will also benefit from the fundraising done throughout the year to raise the funds to make it all happen.

The community always give generously and each year the local businesses also sponsor the festival – these sponsors are listed here. We would like to thank the local community, Mayo County Council and Padraig Brogan for all the help and support they give each year, without them the festival would not be possible.

Also a special thank you to:

Ian Mc Andrew Aras Inis Gluaire, Brian Mac Suibhne Kilmore RSS and Sean Carey Belmullet RSS

If you are interested in becoming involved in the committee please get in touch or if you would like to sponsor the festival or any event you can donate here. 

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